LEADERS: Forsythes’ Karlie Robards and Souths’ Tiffany Gilmour get their hands on the Newcastle championship silverware. Picture: Simone De PeakFORSYTHES coach Traci Baber believes herside can match it with Souths at either end of the courtwhen theytry for a third time to stop them marching to aNewcastle open netball championship on Saturday.
It will be“just what happens in the middle” that will decider if they can end Souths’ unbeaten streak, which started after aloss to Forsythes in early 2014.
Souths will strive for a hat-trick ofminor-major premiership doubles when they clash with Forsythes (formerly Bilbie Dan Advocates) for a third year in a row in the grand final at National Park from 2.30pm.
Baber’s side have overcome a disrupted season to finish fourth and beat Nova and Maryville Tavern in the finals.Despite the tough run, Baber said her playerswerein a better position to topple Souths this year.
“I just think they are all older and they make better decisions,” Baber said. “It’s never been about our ability on the court. They’ve always been talented girls, it’s just about decision-making and how they play under pressure.I think we match up with them everywhere, but they are just older heads and smarter.Our defence is good enough.We’ll turn over the ball, and Sabina [Gomboso]will get the goals for us, it’s just what happens in the middle.”
Without attacking weapon Tiffany Gilmour, Southswon 40-36 in last year’s decider after they prevailed40-24 in 2014.Gilmour (nee Lincoln), a former Hunter Jaegerand two-time state league player of the year, has returnedthis year, making Souths an evenmoreformidable side.
Gilmour, though,saidForsythes were atougher proposition this year.
“They didn’t have a solid start to the season but I think sometimes you learn more from losses and they are building at the right time,” Gilmoursaid.
“Their maturity is definitely starting to show on the court. In the Maryville game on the weekend, it was close but they were able to hold it together. But we’ve also matured with our youngerplayers now older, and we’ve got a lot of experience right across our whole team, so it will be a good contest.”
As for the potential forcomplacency, Gilmour said:“We don’t have slipping up in our minds. We’re out there to win and hopefully win convincingly.”
Souths:Tiffany Gilmour, TiannaCummings, EmmaDumbrill, NarelleEather, JordanLadwig, ElizaLewis, EllieMcVey, GeorgiaMcVey, LisaSpencer, KatelynStansfield, Brooke Fennings.
Forsythes: Karlie Robards,Natasha Robards,TiuatiHolland, JadeSmallhorne, EmmaBradford, SabinaGomboso, EvaBailey, SophieBaber, MaddieTaylor,AneekaMarcozzi, KelseyRyall.
Forsythes haveLogan Flanagan away with representative touch football duties, while Souths are full-strength except for the loss of Katrina Tressider, who suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the campaign.
Gilmour said her side had been “building as well, even though we’ve won all year.We’ve had some ordinary games, then we’ve gone back to training and worked on things.We’re looking strong and it’s coming together at the right time.”
She said Souths’ depth had helped them stay focused and unbeaten this season.
“I think all 12 players are so talented and so strong, that that pushes you to keep wanting to go and do your best, because you know there’s other people who can come on and replace you,” she said.
“I think that’s why we are so strong, because of our depth. And we worked hard every week.I think we’re one of the hardest training teams in the comp.”
Baber said Gilmour and Eather“are the two we have to counteract, but we’ve talked about it and we’ve got a strategy, whether it works or not.
“But I’ve got lots of change-ups that Ican do, and that’s how we won the preliminary final.
“Of the 11 who were there, 10 played and we were able to change things.We never had that through the year. We usually had seven, eight players and if it wasn’t working, we were done.”
She said the loss of Flanagan was a blow to her defence “because she played amazing last week to get us here, but I’ve got plenty there I can call on.”
STORM BREWING: Broadmeadow captain Josh Piddington and Edgeworth counterpart Josh Evans at Magic Park this week. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.
BROADMEADOW Magic will consider playing semi-final absentee Shane Paulandoffer injured skipper Josh Piddington every chance to take the fieldin the grand final on Sunday against Edgeworth at Magic Park.
Paul has been one of Magic’s best this season but has played only once since July 24, mainly because of suspensions and rests due to potentialyellow card bans.The tenacious ball winner alsomissed both semi-final victories over Hamilton to attend buck showsfor afriend and brother.Despite thelay-off,Magic co-coach Bob Naumov said Paul remained in the mix for grand final selection.
Watch 1st grade – Edgeworth v Broadmeadow from 2.30pm“He’s available and he’ll be looked at,” Naumov said. “Shane Paul is the kind of guy who will give you massive energy every time he plays. He’ll definitely be looked at to play some role. It’s a really tough call and in normal circumstances you would say 100 per cent, you wouldn’t look at it, but if anyone knows Shane Paul, they know he’s a guy who gives his heart and soul to the team. Whenever you go on the field, he’s one guy you want next to you.”
He said the decision on Paul was the coaching staff’s to make“but definitely you would like the backing of the whole group”.
The other major decision for Magicwas on Piddington, whoinjured his knee late in last week’s 2-1 win over Olympic. The centre-back has received mixed medical advice about his medial cruciate ligament tear and remains in serious doubt.Naumov said Piddington hadseen aspecialist and will “weigh up if he can do it then have a fitness test”.
“First and foremost, he’s got to weigh up it up in regards to his own health,” he said.“We’ve got a couple of options there andwe’ve got a good enough squad.If Piddo is out, as much as that’s a loss, it just means someone else steps up and I’ve seen that many times.”
Edgeworth, meanwhile, came throughtheir5-1 loss to Western Sydney in the FFA Cup on Tuesday night unscathed and willchaseback-to-back premiership doubles on Sunday. EaglesCoach Damian Zane did not believe the extra workload would be a problem andsaid the pressure was on Magic.
“A lot of people are saying there’s no way we can back up from Tuesday,” Zane said.“For me, the pressure is on them, because if they can’t beat us after we just chased an A-League team for 90 minutes, then they’ll probably never beat us.”
He said Brody Taylor, who returned from an ankle injury against Wanderers, was likely to come off the bench.
Zane said the message to his team would be that “they can be special”.
“I’ve already said to them that what they’ve done in the last two years, they are going to remembered as a team.
“You win the double double, you’re going up into the special category where people will look back and say, ‘what a great team that was’.
“So they are hungry, we set goals at the start of the season and we’ve ticked them all off so far. This is another one.”
As for fatigue, Zanebelieved“like Tuesday night, the adrenaline will keep the boys going”.
Naumov did not believe the Eagles would have trouble backing up from the FFA Cup game.
“I didn’t think they struggled physicallythe other day, and they had a tough game on the Saturday,” Naumov said.
“I don’t expect them to struggle physically. I didn’t see signson Tuesday ofthem strugglingphysically. Even though the scoreline blew out a bit, I didn’t think they backed off. They kept going for the 90 minutes.
“They’ve got young kids who can run all day, but if you can match them physically, we should do well.
“We’ll back our ability and see how we go.”
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NO ONE does contrition like Mike.
Mike Baird in Hunter Street Mall in 2014, following the resignations of Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell. PICTURE: Ryan Osland
In August 2014, in the days following the resignations of formerNewcastle and Charlestown MPs Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwellafter admitting to receiving thousands of dollars in illegal donations, the Premier penned anopen letter to the Hunter.
He apologised, expressed his own sense of “betrayal” at what had happened,and vowed tomake amends.
“if I have to do it house by house, suburb by suburb, community group by community group, that’s what I’ll do,”Mr Baird told the Newcastle Herald at the time.
A few days later hevisitedNewcastle and saidthe Liberal Partyhad“let down the community” and “forfeited the right” to stand candidates in the by-elections that followed the scandal.
I thoughtof that on Tuesday when the Independent Commission Against Corruption released thelong-awaited findings of Operation Spicer –the investigation into illegal donations that eventually brought down four Liberal MPs in the Hunter, and embroiled an all-starcast of Newcastle property developers.
The report, as most of you will have read or read about, found that many of the Hunter’s most well-known political and business identities had attempted to subvert electoral laws prior to the 2011 election.
But it wasunable to suggest any punishment for most of the players, because of the statute of limitations.
Following its releaseMr Baird again said sorry, this time to the state of NSW, but whenasked if the government would join Labor in pushing for legislation to allow Spicer’s findings to be covered by new donations legislation passed in the wake of the inquiry, he demurred.
The targets of the inquiry had already paid a “heavy price”, he said. It was now time to “draw a line in the sand”.
That’s easier said than done in the Hunter, wherethe targets of the inquiry go on unpunishedand act without contrition. The former Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy, who as a banned donor gavethousands of dollars to the campaigns of Mr Owen, Mr Cornwell, and former Swansea MP Garry Edwards, likened the findings to a “speeding ticket”.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, another never-ending Newcastle story re-awoke. Save Our Rail, the activist group you either love or hate, is being pursued by the state government for $800,000 in costs over its failed Supreme Court bid. The governmentwill never see any of that money –Save Our Rail is an incorporated group, it has no money –but the government’s lawyers (there were 10 of them in the court on Thursday) seemto want to set an example.
How do you marry those sentiments? In the same week that his former Liberal Party colleagues go unpunished for breaching electoral funding laws, the government is on a bloody-minded pursuit ofa community group that exercised its very fundamental right tostand up against what it saw as an unreasonable use of the executive’s powers.
The government came intotheweek reeling from the spectacle of itsmembers crossing the floor to vote against thebill to ban greyhound racing,and a Fairfaxpoll that revealed it’s now neck-and-neck with Labor.How it handled Spicer was always going to be key.
Politicians are fond of the invoking the idiom of the pub test, wherebyan actionismeasured not onits legality, but by howit wouldbe receivedby what I can only think to describe asnormal people –i.e. you, the reader, voter, schooner consumer.To me, the government failed that test this week.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne on Thursday night. Photo: Andrew Meares Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Anthony Albanese and Tony Burke discuss tactics on Thursday night. Photo: Andrew Meares
Labor caught out the Coalition government at the end of a fractious first week in the 45th parliament, using smart tactics and parliamentary procedure to severely embarrass Malcolm Turnbull and explode the prime minister’s claim to have a strong working majority.
Here’s how it went down.
The opposition’s push for a motion calling for a royal commission into the major banks was defeated in the House on Wednesday.
It then moved on to the Senate and, after discussions with the crossbench, it was quietly passed on the voices around lunchtime Thursday – with a rider that asked the House to debate the motion again.
Parliamentary motions, of course, cannot force the government to hold a royal commission into the nation’s banking sector – only the executive can do that.
But it is a dreadful look for the government – and in particular the government whips and the Leader of the House, who have fought a furious rearguard action against the inquiry – to defy motions passed by both chambers.
That is why Labor pounced.
The timing and the tactics were spot on and caught the government napping.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Social Services Minister Christian Porter were absent from the chamber and in short order, three votes were lost.
The House did not rise, MPs could not fly home, the motion to back in a royal commission was back on the agenda – and Labor went to town in the chamber, infuriating the government because they had been caught napping, pushing its agenda and stoking a sense of chaos.
In and of itself, losing procedural motions will not cause the government to fall.
Between 2010 and 2013, Julia Gillard’s minority government lost motions, too. It also passed hundreds of pieces of legislation in a far more precarious environment, and then-leader of the house Anthony Albanese and chief whip Joel Fitzgibbon were masters of parliamentary procedure, saving the then-PM’s blushes and steering through big reform packages.
Turnbull and his team, buffeted from within and without in a difficult first week, became the first majority government since 1962 – when Sir Robert Menzies had a one seat majority – to lose a vote on the floor.
Strong working majority be damned.
The final vote on the substantive motion was symbolically important – but also irrelevant.
The government was caught napping and the opposition exposed it as lazy and complacent, not across the detail and not up to speed in the “new paradigm” of the 45th parliament.
Labor has put down a clear marker that the Coalition will have to fight for every vote, for every motion, and for every bill.
And if Turnbull’s team doesn’t catch up – quickly – it will be exposed, again and again.
There will be few early marks in this new parliament and the government needs to get its house in order, or face nothing more than three years of disorder.
Ultimately, voters will mark down Turnbull – not Shorten – if the prime minister can’t control the parliament.
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A PR strategy wanted to ensure that John Barilaro was in the media “at least once a week”. Photo: Jeffrey ChanNegative publicity over cuts to TAFE led to consideration of a public relations strategy to ensure the responsible minister, John Barilaro, is in the media “at least once a week”.
A leaked tender document for a “PR Media Strategy TAFE NSW” reveals an unnamed senior media officer in Mr Barilaro’s office “has a stated ambition to make the Minister No.4 in NSW in terms of visibility and profile”.
It notes the Skills Minister’s office “is under pressure from the Premier’s Office media managers to get the minister into the metropolitan news at least once a week”.
The Baird government’s Smart and Skilled reforms mean TAFE colleges are forced to compete for funding with up to 400 private colleges.
This saw TAFE student fees jump by up to 22 per cent last year, enrolment figures fall by 41,000 since the start of 2015 when the changes were introduced and more than 2000 TAFE teachers lose their jobs.
The leaked “request for quote” document from July 2015 reveals the level of concern over negative media coverage of the changes.
It says: “The Sydney Morning Herald is extremely hostile towards TAFE and has run several negative articles focusing on enrolment drops, asset sales, disability support cuts and computer issues.
“The Daily Telegraph is more interested in human interest angles,” it states. The ABC’s national or state coverage “tends to be negative eg VET-FEE rorts, loss of TAFE courses”.
In reference to high-profile scandals in the private vocational education and training sector, the document notes that some providers “have not always acted 100 per cent ethically”.
This has generated “a media and public narrative that a neo-Liberal or neo-con government has forced TAFE to compete with “dodgy” private providers because – so the argument goes – the government favours business and public providers”.
Meanwhile, documents obtained by Labor under freedom of information laws show TAFE enrolments for 2016 were 363,581 at June 5 this year – well below the forecast of 453,400 for 2016 in the budget.
However, more up-to-date figures supplied by Mr Barilaro’s office show 2016 enrolments had hit 464,727 at August 28.
Opposition skills spokeswoman Prue Car said TAFE enrolments have “tanked” compared with 2014 and those for private colleges and for apprentices in training have also fallen.
“None of this is a priority for John Barilaro,” she said.
“His only goal is to be the No.4 minister in NSW, and if young people are left on the hard shoulder of his ambition then so be it.”
A spokeswoman for Mr Barilaro declined to comment, but a TAFE spokesman said the PR tender was withdrawn this week and the minister was not aware of it.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Anthony Albanese, Tony Burke and other Labor MPs talk tactics. Photo: Andrew Meares Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull makes a pitch on government stability at his campaign launch in 2001 Photo: Andrew Meares
Mr Pyne tells the opposition what he thinks of them. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The successful Labor ambush of the Turnbull government in the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon will not, in itself, bring down the government, but it’s highly instructive.
The lessons learned?
One, that the election campaign has not ended. Bill Shorten considers that the contest for power has merely moved into a new phase, fought on the floor of the House instead of on the hustings.
Shorten does not accept that Turnbull has won a mandate. He considers that his policy to hold a banking royal commission is every bit as valid as Turnbull’s position not to. In Shorten’s view, the election did not settle anything.
Two, that Shorten intends to wage a campaign of political guerrilla war against the Turnbull government. He will not allow the government a moment of peace but will harry and harass it, probing every vulnerability.
He’s not doing this from a position of strength but of anxiety. Although Labor regards Shorten to have waged a strong election campaign, he is not taking any chances.
Have you noticed all the publicity about Anthony Albanese and his life story recently? It’s not mere sentimentality. He’s positioning for the leadership. Albanese and his supporters will swoop if they see an opportunity. Shorten will fight hard and deny him an opportunity.
The post-Howard restiveness of Australia’s political parties – the syndrome of revolving-door leadership – lives on in both Labor and Liberal parties.
Three, that the government is not up to the contest. Christopher Pyne, as manager of government business, is responsible for losing control of the House. He should be replaced.
The government was guilty of complacency. It won its first vote on the floor of the House by 75 to 73, when Labor first tried to pass its bank royal commission proposal.
Relaxing vigilance as members looked forward to their escape to the airport for the end of the sitting week, they allowed Labor an opportunity.
Pyne has long experience and knew the stakes yet failed.
Four, aggressive Labor tactics can embarrass the government and rattle its nerves, as they have on this occasion. But they cannot bring down the government unless the Coalition is guilty of internal division or indiscipline.
Malcolm Turnbull has taken heart from the fact that Bob Menzies used to say that the best majority is a majority of one. Why? Because it demanded strict discipline.
The Turnbull government has just demonstrated indiscipline. It cannot afford to make this a habit.
Tony Abbott’s official visit to the US cost taxpayers $60,000 even though he never boarded the plane. Photo: Alex EllinghausenAn official visit to the United States for Tony Abbott cost taxpayers $60,000 – even though the former prime minister was rolled by his colleagues before he could get on the plane.
The charge for the cancelled trip has shown up in the latest instalment of parliamentarians’ expenses, released by the Department of Finance late on Thursday afternoon as politicians prepared to leave Canberra after the first week of the new Parliament.
The records show Mr Abbott had been slated to visit the US for a three-day visit from September 25 to 27 last year. The travel was part of annual international summit season.
His leadership was terminated by his Liberal Party colleagues in a party room ballot 10 days earlier on the night of September 15.
Entitlement records shows some senior members of Parliament spent more than $400,000 on international and domestic airfares, Commonwealth cars, office supplies and the cash “travel allowance” for nights spent out of home in the six-month period from July to December 31 last year.
MPs and senators, particularly those with large electorates, can also charter private flights.
Thursday’s disclosure included the infamous $5000 helicopter charter that ended the political career of Bronwyn Bishop and caused mortal damage to the Abbott government.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce spent $7000 on a one-day charter for flights within his New England electorate, flying from Armidale to Urbenville and Liston in the northern part of his seat.
In April, Fairfax Media revealed Mr Joyce had spent $2211 on a 120-kilometre flight from Armidale to Copeton Dam.
He has taken two $4000 helicopter flights to visit the small New England community of Drake, 44 kilometres away from his second ministerial office in Tenterfield but a four-hour drive away from his Tamworth home.
According to the latest entitlements, he spent $51,000 on charter flights in his capacity as Agriculture Minister.
In total, Mr Joyce spent $424,000 in the six-month period, including $18,000 on travel for family members.
Under pressure Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who accepted a donation from a Chinese donor to cover his $1600 overspend on travel entitlements, spent $24,500 on domestic fares in the second half of 2015 and $7000 on private and Commonwealth cars.
Shadow infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese, known for his energetic approach, notched up $43,000 in domestic fares.
Tanya Plibersek, then in the shadow foreign affairs role, spent $401,000, including $69,000 on official visits overseas.
Under the Department of Finance accounting rules, the travel of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop does not show up in entitlements records.
New rules adopted after “choppergate” compel MPs to only use helicopters if there is a “compelling” reason to do so.
Nauru asylum seekers. Photo: Angela WylieThe contractor responsible for the health of asylum seekers has been slugged more than $300,000 for problems relating to treatment of tuberculosis and other serious diseases in onshore detention, raising grave questions over the quality of care delivered to vulnerable people behind the wire.
A report by the Australian National Audit Office into onshore detention also found some detainees at severe risk of self-harm were being reviewed only once a fortnight, rather than every 24 hours as prescribed by official clinical guidelines.
It also found cost-cutting had led to changes to the way medication was distributed, creating the risk of prescribing and dispensing errors.
The findings cast into serious doubt assurances by the federal government and Department of Immigration and Border Protection that healthcare in both onshore and offshore detention meets community standards.
In just six months between July and December last year, health services provider IHMS was charged $309,000 – or 2 per cent of its service fee – for “significant failures” under a penalty and incentive regime.
IHMS failed to fully comply in all but one performance measure.
In a statement the company, which also provides healthcare in offshore detention centres, said the fines related to reporting failures “and not for failures of clinical care”, including incident reports not sent to the department within the required timeframe.
The performance of IHMS in such reporting had since improved, it said.
The failings related to, among other measures, identification and treatment of active tuberculosis and serious communicable diseases, and timely provision of healthcare, mental health screening and vaccinations.
Despite those in immigration detention being at high risk of mental illness, clinical guidelines to prevent self-harm and suicide were not followed for a “large number” of detainees.
Between February and November last year, there were 407 instances of a detainee being deemed at high imminent risk of self-harm.
Under the department’s own program, such detainees should be clinically reviewed every 24 hours at a minimum – but the audit found they were reviewed, on average, every three days. Some were reviewed once or twice a fortnight.
The report found the department did not formally monitor whether IHMS was properly implementing such procedures.
IHMS said in a statement it was discussing the need for a review of psychological support procedures with the department.
In response to the department’s demand for cost-cutting, IHMS implemented a new model under which just 14 per cent of detainees would need a nurse to administer their medication – for reasons such as the risk of self-harm or medication misuse.
However, the number of detainees needing nurse-administered medication was as high as 75 per cent. IHMS “flagged the risks associated with medication administration” to the department in December last year, citing “risks including prescribing and dispensing errors” by overworked nurses.
The report also found the department was failing to monitor the quality of primary healthcare in offshore detention, 15 months after the contract with IHMS was signed.
A department spokeswoman said the report found its administration of health services in onshore immigration detention “has been improved”, and that onshore detainees “receive care at a comparable level to that available to the Australian community”.
She said the department has accepted the report’s recommendations and was working to implement them.
This included identifying risks to the effective delivery of onshore healthcare services and a proposed performance assurance review program to manage these risks.
“The department has also instigated a robust auditing process of detainee complaints relating to the provision of health services delivery, including weekly reporting of detainee complaints and the outcomes of those complaints,” she said.
IHMS said its performance in offshore detention system was not within the scope of the audit and rejected suggestions that healthcare in onshore detention did not meet community standards.
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Shaun Edward Davidson, right, going into a holding cell after his court appearance. Photo: Amilia Rosa Shaun Edward Davidson at the holding cell after being sentenced to a year’s jail minus time served. Photo: Amilia Rosa
Australian Shaun Edward Davidson has been jailed in Bali.
Bali: A West Australian man jailed for a year in Bali on Thursday for using another man’s passport has told of his life behind bars at the notorious Kerobokan jail.
Shaun Edward Davidson said he was expecting “a living hell” when he was initially incarcerated in April after being formally named a suspect over immigration offences.
“It [Kerobokan jail] was built for 300 prisoners, there are1200 there,” Davidson said.
“The first couple of weeks you get there, there are 20 other people here in the cell the size of this area here,” he said, gesturing to the tiny holding cell crammed with prisoners outside Denpasar District Court.
“No beds, no nothing, you don’t get given anything. Just like concrete floors. In the corner they have got a bit blocked off where there is a hole in the ground. That’s pretty much the toilet and the shower.”
He said prisoners were not even given a mat.
However, Davidson said conditions were bearable if you had money and support from the outside.
“My sister has been the biggest help, she’s been over here for a bit, she was here today, she helped me with money.”
Davidson was due to face Perth Magistrates Court on January 28 last year, charged with possessing methamphetamine and cannabis and two other offences.
When he didn’t attend, an arrest warrant was issued.
But instead of going to court, Davidson skipped the country, arriving in Indonesia on a one-month tourist visa,
Davidson said he lost his passport. He said he had contacted the Australian passport office and reported his own missing but then began using a passport under the name of Michael John Bayman, which Davidson said he had found in a hotel room.
Bali immigration authorities told Fairfax Media the passport had been reported missing by the real owner in 2013.
Davidson spent the year in Bali boxing and partying.
But he came to the attention of authorities in March when he was staying at Rabasta Hotel in Kuta.
Ngurah Rai airport immigration officer Mohamad Soleh told Fairfax Media in April that a report was made of a foreigner staying in Kuta who was suspected of overstaying his visa.
When immigration authorities investigated, they found he had not only overstayed his visa but was using a fake identity.
Mr Soleh said the Australian government and Australian Federal Police had confirmed Davidson’s real identity.
Head judge Made Pasek said on Thursday he found Davidson “convincingly guilty” of misusing a travel document belonging to someone else.
He sentenced him to one year jail, minus the time already served, and a 100 million rupiah ($AUD10,000) fine or additional five months in jail.
Mr Pasek said mitigating factors were that Davidson had been polite during his trial and admitted his guilt.
However had used fake documents and what he had done was harmful to Indonesia.
Davidson said he thought it was a fair judgement and he would serve the extra five months instead of paying the fine.
“It’s not what I was hoping for of course, but everyone knows the legal system here. I didn’t conform to the legal system. I didn’t pay any money, I did my defence myself.”
He said he would continue to teach boxing inside Kerobokan jail.
“I have about 15 to 20 people I train in boxing, so that’s pretty good. I guess it gives the locals something to do. It gives them something to look forward to. It’s pretty hard for some of the locals – if you don’t have money to get food you don’t eat.”
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Confident: Jockey Kerrin McEvoy believes Orbec will find the 2100 metres of the Wyong Cup to his liking on Friday. Photo: bradleyphotos上海m.auKerrin McEvoy believes Orbec will find the 2100 metres of the Wyong Cup to his liking on Friday and if it is wet, all the better. The French import finished midfield with McEvoy in the saddle first-up in the Premiers Cup Prelude and follows the same path as last year, when he ran third in the Wyong Cup.
“He ran well and just ran out of condition late first-up, but he will be better suited at this trip,” McEvoy said. “He handled Wyong well last year and was a bit unlucky in the cup there. Looking at his form he will handle a wet track, so the indications are positive.”
Boost for McDougall
John Thompson has rewarded his apprentice Blaike McDougall by keeping him on Signposted as he looks for four in a row at Randwick on Saturday.
“He started riding him in trackwork and worked him out and turned him around into a winner,” Thompson said. “He gets on really well with him. He had three rides for three wins and they have all been good rides. He just gets him to relax and rates him well in front and that’s what he will be trying to do on Saturday. He is a good kid and it is chance for him to see what goes on a carnival day.”
McDougall has picked up five rides for the day, including Forget for Kim Waugh and I’m Imogen in the Furious Stakes.
Balmain Boy ready
Les Bridge believes he has a miler in Balmain Boy, but he is ready to make his mark first-up at Randwick on Saturday. Balmain Boy stepped up to the three-year-old group races in the autumn, but it came a bit soon for him.
“He probably wasn’t ready for that, but he is stronger this time in and his barrier trials have him ready for a good preparation,” Bridge said. “I think he is going to be at his best at the mile, but he is fresh and ready to run a good race on Saturday.”
Glamour set to shine
Global Glamour, a winner at her only start, returns in the Furious Stakes after having a similar operation to Winx, removing a bone chip from a fetlock. Co-trainer Adrian Bott said the Star Witness filly had always been near the top of their list as a two-year-old and showed that at her only start, a 6 length win at Kembla Grange in January.
“She has come back and been very good in both trials and we are mindful that she is going to 1200m first-up,” Bott said.